Ex-Guns N’ Roses Drummer Says Foo Fighters Aren’t Dangerous Enough

Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum criticized Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters in a new Windsor Star interview.

“You know, I see bands with lead singers who are really nice. Squeaky clean. And I really don’t feel I’m getting that wild, rock n’ roll sensibility that I want.”

“I love Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters frontman), don’t get me wrong. But he’s a drummer who got out front with a guitar. Is there any danger in it? Not really. If you go to a Foo Fighters show, you’re gonna see a band play their set, and everything is gonna go down nice, and he’ll thank the crowd, and everyone’s gonna go home and go ‘Wow, that was a really nice rock n’ roll show.’”

“Not everything went perfect in any of the bands I’ve been in, but I know one thing: People on their way home were going ‘Holy ****, what was that?’”

  • — J —

    Matt Sorum was in GnR for like 3 years during their piano ballad period, and Velvet Revolver for 4 years when everyone was clean. At which point did crowds feel danger coming from his stage?

  • Nyree Cox

    I completely disagree. Dave and the band absolutely ends the show with you saying “Holy Shit! That was F’Ing Awesome!” If anyone knows anything about Dave Grohl or the Foos then you know that Dave can scream and he screams A LOT! Also, he’s a charmer and he has an engimatic presence to the audience and people just cannot help but get caught up in his energy – broken leg or not! As for the rest of the band, they can rock it like the best of them, Taylor Hawkins can sing better Van Halen covers than David Lee Roth, and the Foos are far from this nice & safe little band, about every other word out of Dace’s mouth begins with an F and ends in a K but I do appreciate that they are on-time, happy and excited to play for you (I CANNOT say that doe Guns N’ Roses who were totally rude to the audience when I saw them play and they sucked and sounded horrible live) and they don’t do encores but just play and play until people are tired. I was there for 3 straight hours of Foo Fighters on stage and btw they sound awesome live. So, I hate to break it to Matt Sorum, but I think the days of self-inflated egos and bands who came so drugged up or too drunk to play correctly are being replaced by actual professionals who love what they do and it shows. They kicked ass and I was left going “that was the best “f’ing concert I’ve ever been to” and I didn’t have a voice for 2 days afterwards. Also, seriously are you gonna knock the drummer that was a founding member of Nirvana? Dave Grohl rocks it but the Foos stand on their own — all 5 members collectively — and all are awesome musicians. I’d not pay $.01 for a GNR performance but I’d shell out another $500 for the seats I had for the Foo Fighters so they are clearly doing something right.

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      Facts you have be the wrong. The Grohl no founding member of the Nirvana band.

      Boom out!!

      • WPCNDC

        Like you were even born at the time they were around. I’m reading all of your other comments and you just want to spread negative crap and not say anything of substance. There are many theories on who were the original band members of Nirvana but this isn’t the forum for it – so Boom, why don’t you give us some factual info on why they aren’t as “dangerous as GNR”? My guess? You were still in diapers. Peace.

        • Corndog

          Boom is something of an institution around here so please, be nice. Also, I was born in the 70’s and Boom has nearly 20 years on me so, do the math. Peace.

    • dakotablue

      Like I said above, cursing does not equal danger.

      • WPCNDC

        I respect that. Don’t agree with it but respect your opinion and can see where you’re coming from.

  • deestrattamente .

    Matt, my friend, with great sadness (my sadness and of a lot of people i guess) it’s not 80’s or 90’s anymore. Times are changed, people are changed, we are all turned bougeois. spandex, glitters and flannels are finished. The only drugs we take are vitamines for elderly, music can still be great if you dig deep enough in the pile of poop around. Just enjoy the fact you are here and not 6 feet under. Stop with band feuds, there’s not mtv anymore to talk about it! With love, a woman full of nostalgia.

  • Corndog

    I disagree. After listening to the one and only Foo Fighters CD’s i ever had the misfortune of purchasing i snapped that bad boy in two and cut my hand pretty bad. That shit is dangerous!!

    There is also always the chance of Dave Grohl falling off stage and landing on top of you at a gig. Dude has to weight a good 12 stone, easy. He could break your neck while you break his fall!

    Sorry Punky;)

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      The 12 stone. The Corndog give Boom clue to what country being from. The Corndog be the European rocker from the Scandinavia or the Isles.

      Boom out!!

      Also Boom say this. Fuck the Foo fighter. Quiet. Loud. Quiet Loud. Solo. Quiet. Scream. Song over. Boom feel the Grohl do the trying to hard to be like the Pearl Jam. He try too hard to be music general frontman. Boom no have words to explain thoughts in head but it make senses to Boom. Bottom line the Foo music be the pure shit. The Sonic Highways be the good HBO show but with the shit music aside from the influences of city they be in.

      • Corndog

        All you had to do was ask man. I’m Irish:)

      • dakotablue

        Agree with Corndog and Boom. Foo bore me to tears.
        And Dave’s definition of being “dangerous” is to throw around a bunch of cuss words talking to the audience. YAWN.
        This band’s extreme popularity says something depressing about today’s music.

        • Felonious Punk

          I’m interested to hear what bands out there today you find more deserving of popularity and more engaging than the Foos..

          • Corndog

            Pearl Jam, dummy:)

          • Felonious Punk

            I said deserving of praise, not flushed down a toilet

          • Corndog

            Careful. Your uncle Eddie’s benevolence is not infinite. He’s watching you.

          • Felonious Punk

            Creepy Uncle Eddie

          • dakotablue

            Right off the top of my head, let’s see…I like Ghost. Not all their songs, but they rock pretty hard and have a whole theatrical stage thing. Also like Parson Red Heads, A$AP Rocky, Zac Brown Band pretty good too (especially “Heavy is the Head” with Chris Cornell, although their vocalist holds his own). A lot of the other new so-called popular music I find blah.

          • Felonious Punk

            It’s cool.

            I can definitely understand that the Foos and Dave himself aren’t for everyone. That’s why I don’t waste time trying to defend them on this site, because to each their own. I’m not a fan of Ghost, Zac Brown or A$AP Rocky, but it’s perfectly fine that others are

            What I really want to know is if you rock out to Ghost’s “If You Have Ghost” EP that Dave Grohl produced? 😀

          • dakotablue

            EP, not really. I like the Roky Erickson song but two of the other five are on the second Ghost album.
            You probably know that Grohl supposedly appeared onstage with Ghost, playing guitar as one of the Nameless Ghouls?

          • Felonious Punk

            I heard something about it. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least either

          • dakotablue

            BTW, you said you’re not a fan of Ghost. But if you like AIC (and I think you do?), check out Ghost’s “Cirice” on their latest album. It features a monster Chains-ish riff!

          • Felonious Punk

            Maybe I should clarify that I don’t *dislike* Ghost, I just don’t think they’re as good as people make them out to be and their shctick is getting a little bland.

            I understand it’s not supposed to be taken seriously and the whole over-the-top satanism/mystery thing is the joke, but I just get bored listening to them.

            Just my opinion though.

    • Felonious Punk

      No apology necessary. We — including yourself — all know how badass Dave is. We don’t need Matt Sorum to try and sway us to the contrary. People are quick to ride Dave’s ass because he’s rich and uber-popular and others wish they had that kind of clout.

      What’s Matt Sorum doing these days, besides trying to train his poodle to behave and waiting on baited breath for that phone call that Adler can’t hack it on the G n’R reunion? He sure isn’t touring the globe on one leg or getting 3,000 fans to form an orchestra for one of his songs in a European meadow, that’s for sure.

  • Rizz

    Matt is comparing Foo Fighters shows to G’nR at the Roxy in ’89. Of course there is no comparison, but I do recall a 3 hour FF show where I left feeling like my ass was kicked.

  • God

    Dave and the Foo’s are the most dangerous band in town!

    • http://Boom.com Boom

      Boom be dangerous bass player.

      • God

        Do you slap that bass as hard at all the woe’s in the 80’s? God can bang that shit out of the drumset!

        • http://Boom.com Boom

          Boom do the finger picking on the bass. Boom do the slap of wife’s ass and bang the shit out of that.

          Boom out!!

          Do boom favor and tell the punk punk flunk thelonios to do the fuck off. They do the bother of Boom. And do it all times just for the fun time. Boom sends thank you

  • Felonious Punk

    “People on their way home were going ‘Holy ****, what was that?’”

    Is he talking about when Axl would incite massive riots, or when Scott would be up there coked out of his mind and forgetting the words to the VR songs?

    Also, did any one ever see that Dog Whisperer episode when Matt’s poodle won’t behave and he has to call in the dog expert to discipline that little shit? Man, his gf had him by the balls in that episode

  • cece nannar

    I’m sorry but gnr and very different to foos. they all came from different backgrounds and both bands have a different message and vibe they wish to give out to their fans, foo fighters are still one of the most badass bands in the world and have been since 95

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  • Anonymous501

    I understand the comments.. when I was a kid in the 80s, rock music was badass, and many of the bands singers had the reputation of being badass. I think it’s something missing from rock music these days. The older bands have singers well over 40 that have mellowed out, and the newer bands are all watered down versions of watered down version of decades old bands.

    I’d give a mint to see the original GNR lineup do a show.

  • faith

    “Dangerours”? What does it mean? I’m not a Foo Fighters fan but they play an honest rock. Maybe destroying an hotel room without paying the prize or saying “motherfu…..r” is dangerous?